Lancashire crash to Roses defeat
It took Yorkshire 40 minutes to wrap up a 118-run victory on the third morning of the Roses Match at Emirates Old Trafford with Joe Root taking a career-best 4-5.
Lancashire, 194-6 overnight, could only add 10 runs to their total and had no answer to Root bowling from the Pavilion End.
Graham Onions edged the first ball of the day from Root to Jonny Bairstow, Matt Parkinson edged Root to Lyth at first slip for 2 and Tom Bailey was lbw to Steve Patterson for 45.
Liam Livingstone came out to bat at number 11 but the injured Lancashire captain did not face a ball as Root wrapped things up by bowling James Anderson for 0.
And to add to Red Rose woes, Lancashire were subsequently deducted one point for a slow over rate at the close and take 2 points from the game, with Yorkshire receiving 19.
The result leaves Lancashire in seventh place in the Specsavers County Championship table just one point ahead of Hampshire, who have played one game less.
“It’s been a strange game,” said Head Coach Glen Chapple.
“Both teams were in similar positions in their first innings, but I think Yorkshire ended up getting too many from our perspective. Their tail put on 70-odd which was a good effort and we weren’t able to do that. So we conceded a big first innings lead.
“But from there I felt we fought really hard. We were playing well in our second innings and given a reasonable amount of luck we would have done better.
“I think we’ve been unlucky. We’ve had three fairly poor umpiring decisions that affected us badly in this second innings.
“The pitch was playing well yesterday, and the boys had applied themselves well. We had a good opening partnership but unfortunately we lost Alex (Davies). Too many decisions went against us to be able to chase those (runs) down.”
And Chapple appreciates that Lancashire face a relegation battle with five Championship games remaining.
“Of course (we are), he said. “It would be crazy not to understand that. We knew from the start of the season that division one has got strong teams throughout.
“Results haven’t gone our way. We can identify areas where we’ve played well and where we’ve played poorly. The challenge is to win games to get us to a place of safety and see how far we can climb up the table.
“We’re not scoring runs consistently. That’s our challenge moving forward.
“We’ve had a good couple of weeks in T20, and the lads are in good spirits. We’ve got players with good first-class records so it’s a question of getting as many players in good form as we can.
“We have to retain belief that we are playing strong enough cricket to bowl most teams out. We need to be able to build partnerships together and put the scores together.
“We have had two collapses that are difficult to explain. When you talk about overall runs we are not far off other teams but particular sessions have cost us badly.
And Chapple was rueful about losing Liam Livingstone at such a vital stage of the season.
“We played two innings in this game without one of your very best players," he said. "That’s another huge weakness to the team in terms of trying to win this game.
“Unfortunately for us and Liam it’s a bad injury to his thumb and he’s going to be out for some time, possibly six weeks or more.
But Chapple doubts that any signing will be made for the second half of the T20 campaign.
“I don’t think there will be anyone out there at this stage who is better than the resources we have within the squad,” he said.
“Shiv Chanderpaul is back and he’s going to be a vital part for us. Depending on Test selection and the fact we’ve lost Liam we’ve got spaces to fill. So having Shiv back in form will be a huge positive for us.
And Chapple is hopeful Australian overseas player Joe Mennie will return soon.
“Joe is still struggling with his neck,” he said. “He’s been bowling but his overs bowled are low so that was the reason he couldn’t take part in this game, which was a loss.
“We’ll just see how his recovery goes.”
Photos: Barry Mitchell